Neighbouring countries (border length):
On all national holidays the transportation by trains, buses and trams is limited.
Malls and some grocery stores may be closed. Restaurants, pubs, cultural institutions and sport facilities are open.
In Poland the free days are:
|1st January||New Year|
|movable in April||Easter Sunday|
|movable in April||Easter Monday|
|1st May||Labour Day|
|3rd May||the Constitution Day|
|movable in August||Corpus Christi|
|15stAugust||the Assumption of Our Lady|
|1stNovember||All Saints' Day|
|11thNovember||The Independence Day|
The weather in Poland is variable, there are four seasons in Poland: spring, summer, fall and winter. In the hottest spells - from June to August - the temperature can reach 30°C (86°F) and higher. In winter, there are periods of extreme cold with temperatures reaching -20°C. During this time, there is lots of snow in Poland so you can go skiing in the mountains. The temperature in fall and spring is from 10°C (50°F) to 20°C (66°F). In September and October it can be quite cold, but on the other hand it might be quite warm. There are a few or dozen really warm and sunny days, known as the "golden Polish autumn. The Silesian region, where Katowice is situated, is one of the warmest parts of the country.
Polish is the official language of Poland, it is spoken by most of the 38 million inhabitants of Poland. Learning a few words will help you many times in Poland and may even win you friends and admirers. Find a polish girlfriend or boyfriend to learn Polish.
Useful Polish expressions
School of Polish language
The School offers: experienced lectors of Polish language with a long practice both in country and abroad, the best conditions of learning and professional education: small groups (4 to 14 people, individual classes are also possible), modern programmes of teaching, differential courses, didactic aids with the use of recognised textbooks, multimedia and computer programmes.
The School cooperates with foreign centers of teaching Polish language and with national institutions. There is possibility to learn in Poland and abroad.
The School carries out the tests and exams confirm the knowledge of Polish language on a given level of advancement. The School prepares for passing certificate exams from Polish language as a foreign language.
SCHOOL OF POLISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
UNIVERSITY OF SILESIA, KATOWICE
Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 1 , 40-032 Katowice, Poland
Tel.: +48 (32) 251 29 91, +48 (32) 200 94 24
Fax: +48 (32) 251 29 91, +48 (32) 255 32 29
- Barszcz biały: sour thick wheat and potato starch soup with marjoram, sometimes with cream
- Barszcz czerwony: hot refreshing beetroot soup, sometimes with dumplings, a hard boiled egg or beans
- Żurek: sour rye soup with potato, sausage or an egg, sometimes served in a bread loaf
- Krupnik: barley soup with smattering of vegetables and smoked meat
- Kapuśniak: sour cabbage soup
- Zupa ogórkowa: hot cucumber soup
- Rosół z kurczaka: golden chicken consomme with noodles
- Flaki wołowe: pork tripe
- Bigos: seasoned sauerkraut "hunter" stew with various kinds of meats
- Eskalopki z cielęciny: veal in the blanket
- Fasolka po bretońsku: cheap bean and sausage stew
- Gołąbki: "little pigeons" - cabbage parcels originally from Lithuania, they are stuffed with mushrooms
- Golonka: fat, but hearty pork knuckle, sometimes in beer sauce, always with horseradish
- Kotlet schabowy: breaded pork cutlet
- Klopsiki: meatloaf stuffed with eggs
- Kaczka na jabłkach: baked duck in apple
- Kaszanka: grilled or baked solid pieces of porridge blended pork blood
- Kiełbasa: Sausages
- Kurczak de volaille: Chicken steaks filled with mushrooms, spread with butter and breadcrumbed
- Pierogi: small white dumplings larger than ravioli filled with meat, cheese, mushrooms,
- Polędwiczki wołowe: beef tenderloin often with rare mushroom sauce
- Pstrąg: trout, sometimes flambé
- Szaszłyk: originally Caucasian dish: chunks of meat grilled on a spit
- Zrazy zawijane: rolled fillets of hashed veal in a spicy sauce
- Żeberka: spare pork ribs
- Kopytka - hoof-shaped dumplings
- Kluski Śląskie - Silesian dumplings
- Kasza gryczana - buckwheat groats
- Placki kartoflane - potato pancakes
- Faworki - pastry twisters
- Makowiec - sweet poppy cake
- Naleśniki - omelets stuffed with cottage cheese and many more things like jam, fruit, etc.
- Pączki - doughnuts
- Sernik - fat cheese cake